A member of the All-Ireland winning Clare senior hurling panel of 2013 will be lining out with the Kerry senior hurlers for the coming year.
Clarecastle’s Patrick Kelly will have a big role with the Kerry senior hurlers according to his new manager. Eamon Kelly has singled out his the former Clare senior for a key position in the Kerry defence most likely at full or centre back.
It is part of a double coup for the Kerry hurlers following the addition of James Logue who has worn the number one jersey for his native Tipperary at all levels and was a member of the Tipp senior panel in 2014.
Patrick Kelly played a crucial role in Clare’s All-Ireland intermediate success of 2011 as he was full back on the team and later secured the Munster Player of the Year award for that grade in the same year.
Kelly had a massive part in Clarecastle reaching the semi-finals of the Clare Senior Hurling Championship in 2014 lining out at wing-back as he put in many a fine display. The news strengthens the connection between Kerry hurling and the Magpies as fellow Clarecastle man Tom Howard served as manager of the Kingdom in 2013 while Fergie O’Loughlin also of Clarecastle was his assistant during that spell.